To be honest this was probably my first time ever to write a review about a band which was almost entirely unknown to me. I had only seen the “Suffocating Under Words of Sorrow” video once from MTV and I knew that this band was nominated in the best new band category in various magazines. When I was asked to do this review I first hesitated a bit but after some thinking I decided to go for it and here are the results…
REVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ
Bullet for My Valentine is a brand new band fronted by lead singer guitarist Matthew Tuck. He and his fellow Bridgend band-mates Michael Padget, Jason James and Michael Thomas are coming out of Wales like some other newer metal bands like Funeral for a Friend and Lost Prophets who have already put their marks on the map of the musical galaxy.
Before the show even started I was really impressed when I saw how many people had arrived to see this band. The band’s debut album POISON was released only two weeks ago but still there were roughly over 600 people in the audience. Nosturi’s full capacity is somewhere around 700 people, so this one was almost sold out.
As quickly as things got started, Bullet for My Valentine was on stage and they were up to play. The show started with “Her Voice Resides” and the crowd went crazy right from the beginning. Because I was taking photos in the photo pit for the first three songs I couldn’t see the audience too much but I did hear when the crowd almost over sang over the band and that tells you something, doesn’t it?
The band seemed to be in great form and although they are quite young guys and they haven’t played as many shows as some of their colleagues it looked like they have been doing this for a long time already. This was funny but in my opinion lead vocalist Matt was really looking, acting and sounding like Alexi Laiho from Children of Bodom. Short haired bassist Jason James was wearing an Iron Maiden t-shirt, which is always positive in my opinion, and he also did some great lead vocals whereas second guitarist Michael Padget stayed more in the shadows but he did a great job as well. When I read boys biography from the Internet they mentioned that their biggest influences are Metallica, Testament and Iron Maiden. Influences from those bands were easy to identify but, in my opinion, if we furthermore add names like Machine Head, Slipknot, Korn and Children of Bodom on that list we are pretty close to the sound what Bullet for My Valentine sounds like. When the first three songs were gone I had to leave the photo pit and I moved more backwards to see the band from a different perspective. I moved to the upstairs and witnessed another surprise of this evening because there was a huge mosh pit in the audience. I don’t mean anything small but something similar to what I have seen lately at Exodus, Anthrax or Destruction concerts. I also noted was that most of the crowd was really young. If I say that average was easily less than eighteen years it won’t go wrong too much but it’s a very positive thing when bands like Bullet for My Valentine seem to have such a good and wide fan base growing right from the beginning.
There were no disappointments with this band. If you’ve heard their records, the live sound lives up to it all; the intensity, the energy, the strong vocals and the intricate and skillful playing were all heard in their highest quality. Playing a rounded set list from their debut and some tracks from the first EP, the band made their mark well and I’m sure that everyone got what they came here to ask for. Because the set was quite short, only about 60 minutes, I would have liked to hear a cover song or two? How about adding for example Metallica, Maiden or Testament song in the end of the set on next time? That would be a great addition…If you have a chance check this band out!
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SPECIAL THANX FOR KATJA TOIVANEN FROM SONY BMG FINLAND!!
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